The Cranbourne HRC Training Centre recorded its 250th winner when Bulletproof Boy saluted in the last event on the program at Kilmore on Thursday night.
Trained and driven by ex-pat South Australian Scott Ewen, Bulletproof Boy started a short-priced favourite on the strength of solid recent form in stronger company. Eased to the tail of the field from his wide draw at the start, the son of Art Official improved to sit outside the leader passing the 800-metre mark.
The five-year-old gelding dashed to the front turning for home and went on to record a comfortable victory from Goodtime Rusty and Weeks End in a mile rate of 2:01:2 for the 2,180-metre event.
Ewen was understandably pleased with his charge after the race and is looking forward to Bulletproof Boy continuing in his current winning vein of form in the month ahead.
“I took him off the gate after the start and the leaders had a bit of a speed battle early.
“Once he got up outside the leader at the half mile it was really a matter of saving him up for one sprint and when I asked him to go he let down really well. I think he can get away with a win in town in the next few weeks if he gets the right run,” Ewen said. “He hasn’t really had a decent draw in a long while – hopefully that changes soon.”
The Training Centre has produced a steady stream of winners since its opening in September 2012 and currently is home to 13 full-time and part-time trainers. The Cranbourne HRC has made an application for funding assistance from both Harness Racing Victoria and the Andrews Government to further develop the Centre in keeping with its strategic plan to foster growth in harness racing at a local level.
By David Scott